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Jessica Cerro

It was by luck that Jessica Cerro became a songwriter and artist, the initial plan having been to study at an US Ivy League College with a football scholarship as the music dream seemed out of reach.

Instead, a friend having told her to submit her song ‘Anyone But Me’ to triple j’s unearthed high competition of 2012, she became a finalist in the competition at the age of 16. During this time, she continued writing and begun performing at venues such as the Metro Theatre, The Standard and Oxford Arts Factory, indeed trying to balance a suddenly blooming music career with her senior secondary studies. Being intent upon doing well in her final year of studies, she went on a hiatus, but only from performance – all the while, she continued to write music, to meet producers and organize her career post-high school.

During this time, she made the decision to adopt the moniker ‘Montaigne’, inspired by the 16th century philosopher and essayist. Four days after she completed her HSC, she began working with Tony Buchen (The Preatures, Andy Bull) on a her debut EP, eponymously titled Life of Montaigne.

"On "I'm a Fantastic Wreck," 18-year-old Montaigne (real name Jessica Cerro) delivers one of the stand-out tracks of the year, which also serves as a perfect introduction to this obviously crazy talented young artist." Indie Shuffle, 2014

"Back in 2012, Montaigne was a Triple J Unearthed Finalist with her single “Anyone But Me.” Since then it’s been all quiet on the Australian front, but she’s now re-emerged a little bit older and wiser to unveil a quirky and spectacular track. “Fantastic Wreck” is a truly unique pop tune in the ever-crowded music marketplace with its orchestral background and theatrical vocals. This one is definitely going to grow on you with each and every listen." All Things Go, 2014

 

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